News from Hampshire College
    April 23, 2009

This electronic newsletter is designed to inform friends of Hampshire College about news stories involving Hampshire, and about the work and accomplishments of members of the college community. Media releases and announcements are regularly posted at (click on "News & Events").

40 Years of Silence

Hampshire will host a free public screening of 40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy on April 27 at 4 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. Robert Lemelson 79F directed and produced the documentary, and will be present for a question-and-answer session. More

Bobcat Goldthwait, who is the parent of a graduating student and will speak at commencement on May 16, is also doing a special advance screening at Hampshire. His new film, World’s Greatest Dad, will screen on May 2 at 2 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. Goldthwait will be present for a question-and-answer session afterward. This screening is also free and open to the public.

Sleep Dealer, written and directed by Alex Rivera 91F, will screen at the Amherst Cinema on April 29 at 7 p.m. A discussion with Rivera will follow the film. Sleep Dealer won the 2008 Sundance Film Festival’s screenwriting award as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for the best film dealing with science or technology. This screening does require tickets. More


Architecture Bootcamp
DESIGN, ART, TECHNOLOGY: Hampshire’s newest cross-school program is called DART, or Design, Art, and Technology: Innovation Synergy. More

ARCHITECTURE BOOT CAMP: Hampshire students interested in architecture and urban design can get hands-on experience through the college’s affiliation with the New York Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies. More

CLPP: Civil Liberties and Public Policy has been awarded a grant to support youth leadership projects. More


Beet Poet
ART, MUSIC, PHILOSOPHY: Professor Christoph Cox (left) teaches philosophical thought from the ancient to the postmodern. He also writes about contemporary art and music for magazines such as Artforum and The Wire. Those two paths rarely crossed until he arrived at Hampshire. More

DANCE: Becky Nordstrom, professor of dance, is among performers for a Chaos Theory Dance presentation on April 25 at MIT. “Things Are Looking Up!” is part of the Cambridge Science Festival and will include dances about astronomy, space, and time. More

Rachel Rubinstein
IDENTITY AND CULTURE: Rachel Rubinstein (right), assistant professor of Jewish American literature and culture, is as comfortable discussing captivity narratives from the 1700s as she is explaining Rabbinical discourse from the 500s CE. More

NEON PROJECT: Professor of Ecology Charlene D’Avanzo is applying her passion for science education to the largest ecological project in history. Student writer Taliesin Nyala 07F profiled D’Avanzo and her work with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). More

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION: Karen Warren, an instructor in the Outdoors Program and Recreation Athletics, was a guest scholar at the University of Georgia in Athens April 5-8. She delivered a talk on "Opportunities for Social Justice Education in Outdoor Adventure" to the university community, and spoke with classes and faculty in the School of Education’s recreation and leisure studies department. Warren is co-editor of a book recently released on Theory & Practice of Experiential Education.

EDITOR: Robert Seydel, associate professor of visual art, edited Keith Waldrop’s Several Gravities, published by Siglio. An essay by Seydel is also contained in the book, which is the first collection of visual collages by writer, translator, and publisher Waldrop. More


PRESIDENTS CHALLENGE: Hampshire’s three living past presidents—Chuck Longsworth, Adele Simmons, and Gregory Prince—and President Ralph Hexter have created the Presidents Participation Challenge. For every dollar given by an alum, the challenge will add two dollars. The goal is to increase alumni donors from 1,282 to 1,500 this year. Gifts of any amount qualify. For more information, please contact Hampshire Fund director Henry Eberhardt at

GRADUATES GIFT CHALLENGE: An anonymous alum has matched the first 39 gifts of $20.09 or more from 2009 graduating students with $1,000 each, and is matching additional graduates' gifts with $2,500 each up to $150,000. To date, 55 students have contributed and $79,000 has been earned from the challenge. More


Among alums recently featured in media stories:

Victor Fresco 76F is the creator of the ABC television workplace comedy Better Off Ted. More

In My Genes by Lupita Nyong’o 03F was shown in the New York African Film Festival. The film was her Division III at Hampshire. More

Notes from No Man’s Land, a collection of essays by Eula Biss 95F, is the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. More

Pamela Lippe 73F is a green building consultant in New York. More

LIFT (Legal Information for Families Today) has been named a semifinalist for the New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Melissa Beck 87F is executive director of LIFT.

Vanessa Northington Gamble 70F is one of six distinguished women honored with a Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association. More

Stephen Petronio 74F Dance Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary season. More

Larry Parnass 73F is being promoted to editor in chief of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, effective in July. He is currently managing editor for news of the Northampton-based newspaper. More


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